Rhidaya “Rhiya” Trivedi, Associate/Comrade
Rhidaya “Rhiya” Trivedi comes to the Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby after several years as a community organizer in the climate, racial and socioeconomic justice movements. She has an embarrassingly elite education (Middlebury College, NYU School of Law), once traveled alone for more than a year on the Thomas J. Watson Foundation’s dime, and wouldn’t have gotten through law school were it not for the Immigrant Rights Clinic.
In addition to lawyering, Rhiya spends a lot of time thinking about what solidarity looks like, mostly to Community Action for Safe Apartments (a badass tenant movement in the Southwest Bronx) and the New Sanctuary Coalition (the most empowered coalition of religious retirees and deportables known to humanity).
People often ask Rhiya how she ended up with Ron. Here’s the story:
On April 14, 2015, Rhiya was a first year law student at NYU School of Law. She was required to complete a mock oral argument, and she had been assigned to do so at the Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby (Ron had volunteered to judge an argument). After the argument, Ron pulled out a bottle of Whistle Pig whiskey and Ron, Rhiya, and the sorry soul who had volunteered to be the prosecutor got utterly smashed. Rhiya thinks it might be the only time in her life she blacked out.
The next day, Ron offered Rhiya a 2016 summer internship, described as “tons of responsibility, no thanks, no pay.” Obviously, she accepted.
Ron and Rhiya spent the summer of 2016 together, working on wrongful convictions of all kinds, trying to out-smart-ass one another, and increasingly developing the feeling that they were of ‘one mind and two bodies.’ When Ron got fired from the radio and Rhiya graduated from law school, the two united in full time law practice.
Today, while continuing to fight wrongful convictions of all kinds, Ron and Rhiya have many side-projects: a curling league for small radical law firms, a podcast entitled “Thoughts I’ve Thought”, a law review article about how everyone should be accompanied by their demographic opposite, and the search for the perfect police precinct in which to play charades.
Rhiya is admitted to practice in the Appellate Division, First Department, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York.